'''Edna Mae Durbin''' (December 4, 1921 – April 20, 2013), known professionally as '''Deanna Durbin''', was a Canadian actress and singer, who appeared in musical films in the 1930s and 1940s. With the technical skill and vocal range of a legitimate lyric soprano
, she performed many styles from popular standards to operatic arias.
Durbin made her first film appearance with Judy Garland
in ''Every Sunday
'' (1936), and subsequently signed a contract with Universal Studios
. Her success as the ideal teenaged daughter in films such as ''Three Smart Girls
'' (1936) was credited with saving the studio from bankruptcy.
In 1938, at the age of 17, Durbin was awarded the Academy Juvenile Award
As she matured, Durbin grew dissatisfied with the girl-next-door roles assigned to her, and attempted to portray a more womanly and sophisticated style. The ''film noir
'' ''Christmas Holiday
'' (1944) and the...